Garmin ups the ante with stylish new Fenix range

Garmin Australia has announced a slew of new watches in their fēnix range: the fēnix 5, fēnix 5S and fēnix 5X.

fēnix 5

Measuring 47mm, the fēnix 5 has a new industrial design, is more compact than previous models but is laden with multisport features. All the new fēnix 5 models are available in a variety of colours and finishes with accessory bands available (sold separately).

fēnix 5S

The first fēnix designed with a focus on female adventurers and those who look for the ultimate functionality in a smaller, lighter form factor, the fēnix 5S is a sleek and stylish. At 42mm, fēnix 5S is small and comfortable for petite to smaller wrists, without compromising any multisport features. The fēnix 5S is available in silver with either a white, turquoise or black silicone band with a mineral glass lens.

The fēnix 5S Sapphire has a scratch-resistant sapphire lens and is available in black with a black band, champagne with a water resistant grey suede band or champagne with a metal band. The fēnix 5S Sapphire units also come with an extra silicone QuickFit band.

fēnix 5X

Preloaded with TOPO Lite Australia and New Zealand mapping the fēnix 5X measures at 51mm. Users can configure their fēnix 5X to see data overlays on mapping screens, and to see highlight key information without having to switch screens during an activity. The fēnix 5X is available with a scratch-resistant sapphire lens.

All the new fēnix 5 models come preloaded with the full multisport toolset for running, hiking, swimming, biking and more that has made the fēnix line one of Garmin’s bestselling wearables.

Whether users are on an adventure or just in the gym, Garmin Elevate wrist heart rate technology gives users 24/7 heart rate monitoring, without needing a chest strap. Built-in navigation features include a 3-axis compass, gyroscope and barometric altimeter, as well as GPS and GLONASS support to track in more challenging environments than with GPS alone.

In addition to the multiport features, the fēnix 5, 5S and 5X boast a variety of connected features. When paired with a compatible smartphone, users can get call, text and email smart notifications right on their wrist.

All fēnix 5 models are compatible with Connect IQ so users can customise their watch with apps, widgets, data fields and watch faces. To take watch faces one step further, fēnix 5 watches are compatible with the Face It app, so users can set their favourite photo as their watch face. Sapphire models are Wi-Fi® Enabled, so users can connect their watch to their home network for automatic uploads to Garmin Connect™ when within range.

All the new fēnix 5 models are water rated to 100 metres, and built to withstand the elements with a stainless steel bezel, buttons and rear case. The fēnix 5 can get up to two weeks of battery life in smartwatch mode and 24 hours in GPS mode. The fēnix 5X can get up to 12 days of battery life in smartwatch mode and 20 hours in GPS mode. The fēnix 5S can get up to eight days in smartwatch mode and up to 13 hours in GPS mode. Users can also take advantage of the UltraTrac™ power saver mode to extend battery life even more.

The fēnix 5, 5S and 5x will be available in Australia from April 2017. Pricing is as follows:

fēnix 5 in slate grey, granite blue or amp yellow – RRP $799
fēnix 5 slate grey, performer bundle – RRP $999
fēnix 5 Sapphire in black – RRP $949
fēnix 5 Sapphire, black, performer bundle – RRP $1,149
fēnix 5 Sapphire in slate grey with metal band – RRP $1,099
fēnix 5s in Carrara white, turquoise or black – RRP $799
fēnix 5s Sapphire in black or champagne with leather band – RRP $949
fēnix 5s Sapphire in champagne with metal band – RRP $1,099
fēnix 5x Sapphire in slate grey – RRP $999

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